Order Accipitriformes

Family Pandionidae

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  • Large piscivorous birds of prey, with reversible outer toe and spiny foot pads to help grasp slippery prey.
  • Cosmopolitan.
  • Shallow waters, both inland and marine.
  • 55-58 cm.
  • 1 genus, 1 species, 4 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Poole, A.F. (2019). Osprey (Pandionidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52212 on 12 December 2019).